A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Surf the new Rebels at Seabrook

Oct 1, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

On their own, my parents are flat water paddlers. When they visit, I push them to play in ocean waves. This time I also wanted to demonstrate what their new kayaks could do. Magic Seaweed predicted 1 to 2 foot waves with 9 to 10 second period at Hampton Beach. Just right for a beginner […]

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Posted Oct 11, 2017

New Rebel Greenland Kayaks with Cheri and Turner

Sep 30, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

It was raining down in Connecticut, pouring really. And a few bolts of cloud to cloud lightning flashed above New London. But this was the day Cheri and Turner had chosen to demo the Rebel kayaks. My Mom had just bought the smallest of the Rebel Greenland line — the Naja, almost an exact replica […]

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Posted Oct 5, 2017

The Stories Benoît Told in the ‘Dacks

Sep 16, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

We should have been unpacking from our Olympics trip, but when Benoît called saying he would be this side of the Hudson Strait, we had to go visit. He was in Montreal, too far to drive. We agreed to meet half way by flying to the Adirondacks. The forecast for the weekend was fog in […]

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Posted Sep 28, 2017

Surfing at Jenness Beach

Sep 24, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

It’s fall and the tropical storms are passing by New England. Jose left us with sunny skies, 2-3 foot swell, 80 degree air, and warm water. A great day for surfing. The parking lot at Jenness Beach was packed, and the water was carpeted with black neoprene. We drove past the beach to Rye Harbor. […]

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Posted Sep 25, 2017

Getting Isaac Back to Kayaking

Aug 13, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

“Mom,” Isaac said, “I don’t want to go kayaking in Maine.” He had been asking to go all spring. “But” I said, “what about the big waves?” What about my dreams to taste salt spray again? He frowned sadly, “I don’t like kayaking.” We had overdone it. Safety first had driven all pleasant thoughts of […]

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Posted Sep 7, 2017

Down from Temple Mountain

Aug 6, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

Temple Mountain’s northern face is scared with old ski runs from a downhill ski area that ran from 1937 to 2001. Normally I avoid it because there is no open view at the top and I dislike the gray microbiom and thickets of birch. Today I was searching for another early succession plant — blueberries. […]

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Posted Aug 25, 2017

Lunch on the island — Spurwink

Jul 9, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

Twenty airplanes blocked Tyson’s Bearhawk from the Spurwink runway. Rene was a few planes ahead and Bill had only three barring his escape. We had come for the pancake breakfast. Then we planned to fly to NH for lunch at Tom Ford’s with a quick detour on the neighboring island. Tom and I had landed […]

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Posted Aug 16, 2017

Mountain View and Lake Wentworth

Jun 24, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

Flying home from Adina’s in New York, I realized I enjoy flying with other people. So, I tried to organize the Brookline crew to fly to Mountain View together. There was a chance of rain that Saturday, so I didn’t send out the coordination email until the morning of the fly in. One other pilot […]

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Posted Aug 9, 2017